Finally got some pics ready
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Thu, 2008-12-25 19:07
Thu, 2008-12-25 19:11#1
Thu, 2008-12-25 23:57#2
Great photos redrider. That black coon is neat. Was that larger beaver a blanket?
Fri, 2008-12-26 00:18#3
Sorry Hiker I'm still a novice. This is my first beaver, what is meant by blanket?
Fri, 2008-12-26 06:43#4
Fri, 2008-12-26 16:57#5
I found this from Trapper Dave on Michigan outdoor forum. He sums it up pretty well.
There are 8 sizes for beaver.
Kit ~ Under 20#.......... Under 40 inches stretched
Small ~ 20# to 30#........ 40 to 45 inches stretched
Small Medium ~ 30# to 35#........ 45 to 50 inches stretched
Medium ~ 35# to 40#........ 50 to 55 inches stretched
Large ~ 40# to 45#........ 55 to 60 inches stretched
Extra Large ~ 45# to 50#........ 60 to 65 inches stretched
Blanket ~ 50# to 60#........ 65 to 70 inches stretched
Super Blanket ~ Over 60#........... Over 70 inches stretched
These are just good estimated, based on my experience!
A good way to determine the stretched size of a beaver pelt, is by measuring the green pelt.
Hang the skinned green pelt on a nail by the nose and measure its length from nose to to base of tail.
Multiply this measurement by 1.5 and then add 2".
Example: The green pelt measures 42", so 1.5 x 42" = 63" and 63" + 2" = 65".
So a blanket beaver green pelt should measure at least 42".
Fri, 2008-12-26 19:47#6
Good info, Thanks Hiker
This beaver just made the XL category at 45#.
Fri, 2008-12-26 21:49#7
That is a nice sized beaver. Those buggers are tough to skin, especially after a day in freezing water. Have you skinned it out yet? Hopefully you will have a barnwall full of hides by spring.
Sat, 2008-12-27 00:07#8
It was a little different than skinning a coon that's for sure , but all went well. Since that first one I have taken 9 more. 5 in the kit category and 4 in the large to XL area. Lots of fun
Sat, 2008-12-27 09:10#9
Nice photos...especially the coons. Do you have foxes around there?
Sat, 2008-12-27 09:31#10
We do have foxes, mostly reds. However this year while bow hunting I had a gray step out and I heart shot him at 25 yds. Grays are not very common at all here, so it was a trophy for me. He is at the taxidermist now. Being fairly new to this, I haven't targeted any fox, YET! We have quite a few where I live so I'll be working on that soon.[/b]